Social Media Management: 7 Steps Towards Success in 2024

Learn how your brand can elevate its online presence through effective social media management.

Aishwarya Suresh
February 11, 2024
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What is social media management?

Social media management involves strategically overseeing and managing a brand's online presence across various social platforms, like Facebook, Instagram and more.

It’s an ongoing effort in planning content, maintaining the brand's online reputation and ensuring effective team coordination for sustained success.

It includes tasks such as creating posts, engaging with followers and assessing content performance via social listening to establish a strong, positive online image and achieve specific business objectives. This process also comprises activities like community growth, collaboration with influencers and the meticulous measurement of return on investment (ROI).

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The 6 key components of social media management

Making your mark in the social media landscape requires a nuanced strategy that involves a mix of various components. From creating compelling content and posting it at the right time to using ads smartly and understanding your brand performance through analytics, there’s a lot that goes into sculpting your brand's online identity.

So, let’s dig into these aspects, see why they matter and explore how you can apply them effectively for successful social media management.  

Content strategy and creation

Social media content creation and strategy are the foundation of social media management. They offer a chance to form lasting bonds with your audience. Crafting compelling content involves understanding your audience's preferences, creating engaging narratives and selecting the most effective content formats. When done right, this component not only helps in cutting through the noise but also aligns with the rise in demand for personalized and relevant marketing content, which grew by 1.5 times in 2023.

Scheduling and publishing

Timing is crucial in the world of social media. Scheduling posts strategically ensures optimal visibility and engagement. This component involves determining the best times to publish content by leveraging scheduling tools to maintain a consistent, effective posting frequency across platforms. To give you a better idea, here’s how the scheduling functionality looks on Sprinklr’s Smart Scheduling dashboard.

Sprinklr's Smart Scheduling feature to manage social media posts

Interesting Read: How to create a social media posting schedule 

Paid advertising

Paid advertising is a strategic extension of organic efforts, and it’s pivotal in reaching a broader audience. It includes implementing paid social media campaigns to amplify the impact of content and achieve specific marketing objectives. From sponsored posts to targeted campaigns, effective paid advertising is a key driver of brand visibility and reach. 

💡 Good to know: By using tools such as Sprinklr’s Social Advertising, you can get better ad performance with AI-automated optimizations.

Sprinklr's Smart Budget Reporting.

Learn More: Social Media Advertising 

Brand reputation and crisis management

Protecting and enhancing your brand's reputation is paramount, more so in the social realm. This involves actively monitoring online sentiment, addressing customer concerns promptly and having a social media crisis management plan in place to navigate challenges swiftly and effectively. Responding quickly and transparently to unexpected challenges makes all the difference in safeguarding your brand's integrity in the digital space.

Engagement and community building

In the social media landscape, successful engagement involves not only responding to comments but actively fostering a sense of community. This component focuses on engaging with followers by hosting interactive events, collaborating with influencers and creating a space for user-generated content (UGC) to expand your brand's reach.

Analytics and insights

Metrics are the guiding compass for social media success. Analytics and insights provide valuable data on the performance of your content and campaigns. To be more specific, this component involves monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics like engagement rates, click-through rates and audience demographics. These insights help with informed decision-making, and they assist in the continuous optimization of content and strategies based on real-time performance data.

💡 Good to know: You can get a hold of such detailed findings by using advanced tools like Sprinklr’s Social Media Analytics software to measure your ROI better.

Sprinklr's Smart Alerts reporting dashboard displays various KPIs and metrics, along with volume alerts for each.

7 steps towards successful social media management

A strategic approach is a must if you want to climb up the ladder of social media excellence. So, to help you get to the top, here are seven essential steps that will enhance your social media management:

Step #1: Perform audience research 

Understanding your audience is the bedrock of successful social media management. This involves keeping an eye on their online habits, noting the content they engage with and the times they are most active.

For instance, if you notice a spike in engagement during weekday afternoons, that's your cue to schedule your posts accordingly. Also, if you're targeting young adults, explore trending hashtags or topics within this group. Regularly use surveys and feedback tools to gather insights directly from your audience.

Having a tool like Sprinklr’s Audience Insights is invaluable in this regard as it provides in-depth data analysis, enabling you to create content that resonates with your audience.

Sprinklr Audience Insights to get real-time audience data

Step #2: Develop a social media plan 

Developing a solid plan requires you to first lay the foundation with clear-cut objectives. Are you looking to increase brand awareness or drive more traffic to your website?

Once you've established your goals, identify your target audience and curate content that suits their preferences.

For example, if your audience primarily comprises millennials, consider using visually appealing infographics and short, snappy videos.

A robust plan includes setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) and defining your content pillars — topics or themes that will guide your content creation.

For example, a fitness brand might focus on workout tips, nutrition advice and customer success stories.

Tools like Sprinklr can streamline this process by helping you build a comprehensive social media plan that aligns with your objectives. Use Sprinklr's Unified Calendar for managing cross-channel collaboration and scheduling posts.

This tool provides your team with complete oversight of campaign planning and production, streamlining workflows, reducing redundancies, and ensuring your messaging is consistent and impactful across all channels.

Sprinklr's Unified Marketing Calendar for a social media plan in one place.

Step #3: Monitor your social media channels 

Actively monitor social media channels for mentions, comments and trends. Effective monitoring goes beyond simply tracking mentions; it involves understanding the sentiment behind these interactions and responding in a timely and appropriate manner.

For example, if your brand is mentioned in a discussion about sustainable products, this insight can guide your future content.

Tools like Sprinklr’s Media Monitoring can help you stay on top of these interactions, ensuring no comment or mention slips through the cracks — by alerting you to these conversations in real-time.

Sprinklr's Media Monitoring dashboard helps to monitor real-time conversations.

Step #4: Empower brand advocates 

Brand advocates are more than just loyal customers; they are your brand ambassadors who promote your brand of their own accord. Encourage them by acknowledging and rewarding their efforts.

For example, repost their positive reviews on your page or offer them exclusive discounts.

Utilizing a tool like Sprinklr can help you identify and engage with these advocates through audience insights, amplifying their positive sentiment about your brand. 

Step #5: Utilize unified management platforms

Juggling multiple social media channels can be overwhelming. Centralizing your efforts through a unified platform like Sprinklr can streamline the process by offering a single dashboard for scheduling, monitoring posts and tracking performance across all networks.

This not only saves time but also ensures a consistent brand presence across all channels.

Step #6: Upskill social media teams

Continuous learning is key to staying abreast of the ever-evolving social media landscape. Ensure your team is updated with the latest platform changes, new features and trending topics.

For example, if X introduces a new algorithm, your team should be equipped to tailor their strategies accordingly. Encourage them to experiment with new content formats or strategies, analyzing what works best.

Step #7: Focus on customer trends

Keeping an eye on customer trends implies understanding what your customers are talking about online, their preferences and their behavior. For instance, if there's an emerging trend of customers querying about sustainable practices, it's time to highlight your brand's eco-friendly initiatives.

Utilize Sprinklr’s Social Listening tool to spot these trends and tailor your strategies accordingly.

Sprinklr's Social Listening tool helps to spot customer trends and mentions.

Interesting Watch: How to use AI-powered social listening to boost your social media strategy

Ready to see your social media management in action?

Now that we've laid the groundwork with the essential steps for successful social media management, it's time to translate planning into action. Here are the actionable steps you can take: 

  • Launch targeted campaigns: Kickstart campaigns aligned with your content strategy and business objectives. 

  • Maintain consistent posting: Stick to a regular posting schedule to keep your audience engaged and maintain visibility. 

  • Utilize analytics tools: Leverage analytics tools to track key metrics and gain insights into the performance of your campaigns. 

  • Active audience engagement: Engage with your audience by promptly responding to comments and messages and actively participating in conversations. 

  • Explore new platform features: Stay at the cutting edge by exploring and integrating the new features that are introduced by your chosen social media platforms. 

With these actionable steps, you're poised to see your social media efforts translate into meaningful results.

Additional tips for social media managers

Beyond the foundational steps, social media managers can elevate their strategies with a few key tips. From fostering a responsive team culture to embracing adaptability as a superpower, these tips can further improve your social media management: 

  • Build a robust team: Cultivate a skilled and cohesive social media team. Invest in talent with diverse strengths, ensuring proficiency in content creation, analytics and community engagement. A collaborative and dynamic team is essential for executing comprehensive social media strategies

  • Invest in the right tools: Equip your team with the right social media management tools. Platforms like Sprinklr streamline scheduling, analytics and team collaboration. The right tools not only enhance efficiency but also provide valuable insights for informed decision-making. 

  • Stay current with industry trends: Social media is ever-evolving. Stay abreast of the latest social media trends, algorithm changes and emerging platforms. Attend relevant conferences and webinars and engage with industry publications to ensure your strategies remain innovative and aligned with the latest industry standards. Keeping a pulse on trends positions your brand as a frontrunner in the digital landscape.

Discover the power of Sprinklr for smooth social media management

Your customers use social media, chat and messaging every day. Neglecting these channels could damage your reputation and undoubtedly impact your bottom line.

But guess what? Engaging customers online at scale is a breeze with Sprinklr Social.

  • Want to boost your revenue? Here's the trick: Use conversational commerce, add social content to your website and create custom communities to empower brand advocates.

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  • Manage all your digital channels in one unified platform, save time with AI-filtered messages track your performance with the Publisher Console, and collaborate seamlessly with your team.

Sprinklr's Publisher Console feature that consolidates all the tools required for Social Publishing within one single window.
  • Reduce PR risks by ensuring that your content remains on-brand, teams adhere to compliance and you maintain full control over your posts. Prevent crises through account-level permissions, empower local teams to prevent off-brand engagement and eliminate off-brand responses by using compliance and approval paths.

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